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Online efforts, branding touted during Wadsworth State of City

Medina Gazette - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:26

WADSWORTH — Economic development, refreshed branding and an updated social media strategy were some of the achievements cited by Mayor Robin Laubaugh and city leaders during the annual State of the City address Wednesday.

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Historic building confirmed salvageable in Medina

Medina Gazette - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:21

MEDINA — A building in the Historic District that partially collapsed Monday will be saved.

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Study finds early HomePod adoption at 3% as smart speaker market hits 89% satisfaction

9to5Mac - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:13

Apple’s HomePod has been available for less than two weeks, but an early survey from Loup Ventures aims to show its penetration into the smart speaker market. According to the survey, HomePod has captured 3 percent of the market in its early days of availability…


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Pink Floyd

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:00

It was on this day, February 21st, in 1967 that Syd Barrett and the Pink Floyd started their first sessions at London's EMI Studios for their debut album Pipers At The Gates of Dawn. The first song they worked on was Matilda Mother.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Categories: Politics

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Balloon Juice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:48

CNN is having a town hall about gun violence and the students are throwing rocks at Rubio and Dana Loesch. It’s pretty awesome.

Here are the dinner pics:

I miss my pets.

*** Update ***

This bed and breakfast comes with a complimentary dog.

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Boston Dynamics Is Teaching Its Robot Dog To Fight Back Against Humans

Slashdot - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:30
Zorro shares a report from The Guardian: Boston Dynamics' well-mannered four-legged machine SpotMini has already proved that it can easily open a door and walk through unchallenged, but now the former Google turned SoftBank robotics firm is teaching its robo-canines to fight back. A newly released video shows SpotMini approaching the door as before, but this time it's joined by a pesky human with an ice hockey stick. Unperturbed by his distractions, SpotMini continues to grab the handle and turn it even after its creepy fifth arm with a claw on the front is pushed away. If that assault wasn't enough, the human's robot bullying continues, shutting the door on Spot, which counterbalances and fights back against the pressure. In a last-ditch effort to stop the robot dog breaching the threshold, the human grabs at a leash attached to the back of the SpotMini and yanks. Boston Dynamics describes the video as "a test of SpotMini's ability to adjust to disturbances as it opens and walks through a door" because "the ability to tolerate and respond to disturbances like these improves successful operation of the robot." The firm helpfully notes that, despite a back piece flying off, "this testing does not irritate or harm the robot." But teaching robots to fight back against humans may might end up harming us.

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Open Thread: Notes from the “President”‘s “Listening Session”

Balloon Juice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:17
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Parkland School Shooting Survivor Challenges Rubio To Reject NRA Money At CNN Town Hall

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:15

CNN is hosting a truly powerful Town Hall tonight to address the horrific shooting in at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

One of the students, Cameron Kasky, came right out and asked Marco Rubio the million dollar question: Will he stop accepting donations from the NRA?

Rubio's answer: He refused to say.

Kasky returned by asking the following: If we raise enough money to match the NRA's donation, will you then reject the NRA money?

Rubio's answer: Again, he refused to say no.

Watch the video. It took a 17 year old high school student to show Marco Rubio for the NRA whore that he is.

(Karoli adds: In the process, Li'l Marco admitted his support for assault weapons is his very own agenda.)

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John Maynard Keynes

Quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"Ideas shape the course of history."
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Anthony Burgess

Quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"I didn't think; I experimented."
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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
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Washington Irving

Quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them."
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George Bernard Shaw

Love quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity."
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Love quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution."
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T. S. Eliot

Love quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"So the lover must struggle for words."
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Mark Van Doren

Love quote of the day - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03
"To fail to love is not to exist at all."
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Rubio Tells Parent: We Can't Pass Assault Weapons Ban Unless It's Perfect

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:03

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was gunned down in her Florida high school, held himself together admirably to confront Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at the CNN town hall tonight.

GUTTENBERG: Senator Rubio, I just listened to your opening, and thank you. I want to like you. Here's the problem. And I'm a brutally honest person so I'm just going to say it up front.

RUBIO: Yes, sir.

GUTTENBERG: When I like you, you know it. When I'm pissed at you, you know it. Your comments this week and those of our president have been pathetically weak. [ cheers and applause ] So you and I are now eye to eye. Because I want to like you. Look at me and tell me: Guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week. And look at me and tell me you accept it and you will work with us to do something about guns. [ cheers and applause ]

RUBIO: Fred, Fred, I'm not -- first of all, what I -- let me explain what I said this week, and I'll repeat it. I'll repeat what I said. [audience reacting ] Then I'll tell what you I'm going to do. I'm going to talk about what I said this week. I said that the problems that we are facing --

GUTTENBERG: Let him speak. I think we need to hear it.

RUBIO: I'm saying that the problems we face here today cannot be solved by gun laws alone. I'll tell you -- guns the factor in the hunting of our kids --

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A Classic: The Band - the Last Waltz - "The Weight" (Feat. The Staples Singers)

Little Green Footballs - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:48

Rediscovering amazing performances like this one. I should note that the live tracks may have been extensively overdubbed and re-done in the studio (that's how it looks to me now). I think there are still some bits of the original tracks in there somewhere, even if it's only the tempo, but this is a reconstruction of the concert we all heard in our minds.

And yet... they produced a great piece of recorded music regardless of how much work it took to revise, replace and enhance it. A great album, even if it shouldn't really be considered "live."

Mavis killed it, re-recorded or not. And so did everyone else on that stage.

And somebody has to make reality resemble fantasy, sometimes, anyway.

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1519266187

AGR Manet - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:33
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Apple updates Human Interface Guidelines w/ new details & tips for ARKit

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:04

Apple today has updated its Human Interface Guidelines for augmented reality to reflect the new features introduced in ARKit 1.5, which comes as part of iOS 11.3. The new guidelines cover things such as support for vertical surfaces, objects that are placed offscreen, and more.


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